The Maltese government was accused last week of failing to comply with EU procurement legislation. As a result it risks "effective, proportionate and dissuasive" penalties should it decide to proceed with its chosen contractor for a power station extension contract.
The row has arisen after the government breached EU procurement rules by taking a last minute decision to relax emission requirements for bids relying on diesel engines. This gave suppliers whose solutions relied upon diesel, a significant advantage over other proposals based on gas.
dotgovdotuk is putting together some quizzes and materials aimed at anyone working in public sector procurement who is worried that planned changes to initiatives may run foul of legislation. If you're interested please follow these links:
EU procurement basics
EU procurement procedures